This site describes Malvern Priory organ, its  complete rebuild and redesign, together with details of recitals. You will find interesting photographs of the inside of the organ before rebuilding and during the work, together with details of music in the Priory, the Priory Choirs, CDs of the Choir and organ.




For details of the 2004 organ rebuilding and photographs of the rebuilding work click here


Saturday 12 February 2022

Nicholas Freestone
Worcester Cathedral

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C             

                     Deuxième Fantasie                    

                    Two Studies for Organ or Pedalpiano        

                    Ride in a High-Speed Train                

                   Elegaic Romance                   

                   Adagio & Final From Troisième Symphonie        




Ad Wammes

John Ireland



Saturday    5 March

Peter Shepherd
Paisley Abbey

                            Saturday   14 May                              

Andrew Caskie

                                            Marche des templiers                     Julius Benedict (arr. W.T. Best )

                                            Prelude and Fugue in B major      Saint-Saëns

                                            Choral Riff: Basso Ostinato            Dick Koomans

                                            Two Schübler chorales                    Bach
                                                - Ach blieb bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ
                                                - Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter

                                            Organ Sonata No. 3                         J-N Lemmens
                                            Andantino in D flat                            Edwin Lemare
‘                                           Spitfire’ Prelude and Fugue             Walton ((arr. T. Winpenny)

Bank Holiday Monday   29 August 

Paul Carr

Saturday     29 October

Tim Byram-Wigfield
Past organist  St George’s Chapel, Windsor

All recitals commence at 12 noon

Duration about 1 hour.  Free admission - retiring collection

Recitals given with large screen video projection


Malvern Concert Club;   lAutumn in Malvern Festiv


LINK TO CATHEDRAL AND CHURCH CHOIRS: Cathedral and Parish Church Choir

Musical Matters - email office@greatmalvernpriory.org.uk

Malvern Priory
Great Malvern Priory, nestling in the slopes of the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, in the centre of England, is the main church for the Malvern area. It was described by Pevsner as a monastic church 'rarely built so sweepingly' and is of considerable architectural interest with styles from Norman to Perpendicular. Its treasures from mediaeval times include misericords, glazed tiles and some of the finest stained glass in the country.

The Priory serves an active and growing community, embracing a wide range of worship styles. It has an extensive variety of youth and musical groups, including a total of about 80 singers, juniors and adults, who can be called upon to sing the weekly services, all combining forces on special occasions. The organ is widely used by the church and the community in general; some five civic services and ten local school services per year are held, as well as concerts, organ recitals and teaching sessions.

More information on Malvern Priory can be found at http://www.greatmalvernpriory.org.uk

Music in the Priory

Director of Music:  Piers Maxim

Malvern Priory has two choirs of about 40 adults and 25 children:Priory service
1) Priory Choir - men and children
2) Priory Singers - mixed voice adults
In addition there is a Praise Group and an orchestra (children and adults).

The main choirs sing four-part anthems at each service and traditional canticles - (Stanford, Howells, Ireland, Dyson etc.).

Follow this link for more on the  Priory Choirs and how to join

Follow this link for details of the Priory Choirs CD - O Praise the Lord or Lift up your heads

In addition to the Priory services the choirs have, in recent years, sung for services at the cathedrals of Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham,  Chester, Coventry, Derby, Gloucester, Ely, Leicester, Lincoln, Winchester, Salisbury, Worcester, Ripon, Llandaff, Guildford and St David’s, and at other churches including St Michael’s Tenbury, Little Malvern Priory, Beverley Minster, Christchurch Abbey, Southwell Minster and Bath Abbey. These were either day, weekend or week visits .

Some Recent Anthems Sung at the Priory:
Bainton And I saw a new heaven
Byrd Ave verum corpus, Justorum animae
Durufle Ubi caritas at amor, Tantum ergo
Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
Howells Like as the hart; A Spotless Rose
Mawby I will lift up my eyes
Palestrina Sicut cevus, Canite tuba
Philips Surgens Jesu
Stanford Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Stravinsky Pater noster
Sumsion They that go down to the sea in ships
Tallis 0 nata lux, 0 Lord give thy holy spirit
Victoria Pueri Hebraeorum
Expectans expectavi; 0 thou the central orb,;Hail gladdening light
Canticle settings
Howells 'Collegium Regale' Te Deum & Julbilate, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis
Leighton Second service
Tomkins Fifth service
Stanford In C & G
Sumsion In G
In D

Murril in E
Recent Voluntaries played at Malvern Priory :
Bach, Prelude & Fugue in E flat major
Bach, Fantasia & Fugue in G minor
Krebs, Prelude & Fugue in C
Alain, Litanies
Guilmant, Sonata No. 1 in D minor
Guilmant, Sonata No. 5 in C minor
Guilmant, March on a theme by Handel
Handel, Overture to ‘Occasional Oratorio’
Wills, Variations on Amazing Grace
Buxtehude, Prelude, Fugue & Chaconne in C
Hovland, Toccata on ‘Now thank we all our God’
Locklair, Rubrics
Reger, Dankpsalm
Howells, Psalm Prelude Set 1, No. 1
Walton, Crown Imperial
Sonata No. 2 in C

Bach Preludes and Fugues, Trio Sonata movements,
Chorale Preludes from Orgelbuchlein'and 'The 18'

Bridge Adagio in E
Buxtehude Praeludien, Chorale Preludes
Dubois Toccata in G, Marche des Rois Mages
Guilmant Noels, March on a Theme of Handel
Howells Master Tailis's Testament, Paean, Psalm Preludes, Rhapsody no.3
Messiaen Les Anges, Les Mages
Mulet Carillon-Sortie, Tu es petra
Rheinberger Sonata 4
Schumann Prelude no.6 on BACH
Stanford Postlude in D minor op.105 no.6
Vierne Final (Symphony no. 1), Carillon op.31 no.21)

Widor Toccata Symphony No 5

Organs of Malvern Priory

by Tony Hughes

The history of the Priory's organs including the 2004 rebuild. Illustrated with historic photographs and colour pictures of the rebuilt organ.

Price £4.50, including postage from

Shop Manager
c/o GM Priory Office
Church Street
Worcs WR14 2AY
01684 561020
email shop@greatmalvernpriory.org.uk


The Malvern Priory website contains full information about the Church, its services and other activities.

Site visitors since December 2005

Photography: Geoff Fearnehough.  
Photographs of the Priory Choir in Coventry Cathedral, Procession in the Priory, Jack Lewis Memorial and Medal: John Willis

Copyright Malvern Priory Choirs. This site was updated in November  2021